Kayla Caccaviello has lost a partner and a good friend due to an overdose and considers herself happy.
The Melbourne woman had been struggling with addiction for over ten years and survived to tell the story, but new data shows that many Australians are not so happy.
Australia's annual overdose report 2019 – released Tuesday by the Penington Institute – discovered that in 2017 there were 1612 unintended deaths from overdoses.
Kayla Caccaviello (photo) struggled with addiction for over ten years and survived to tell the story, but new data shows that many Australians are not so happy
Mrs. Caccaviello's struggle began with painkillers prescribed to her as a teenager to deal with migraine, due to a trauma she had experienced in her younger years.
& # 39; From there, I just started looking for drug use & # 39 ;, said the now 28-year-old AAP.
& # 39; When I started using things like ice cream and heroin … I sucked in. & # 39;
Mrs. Caccaviello thought she needed medicine to cope, but she was not happy and watched as they gradually destroyed her life.
Her family turned away from her and she soon realized that she had no one to lean on, making her feel empty.
Mrs. Caccaviello attended a rehabilitation program and met Aaron Short (top), a co-recovering addict with whom she formed a relationship and gave credits to give her hope
& # 39; Addiction took away more than ever before. & # 39;
She had tried detoxing, rehabilitation programs, and hospital visits, with no success.
But when she was holding a family friend's baby at the age of 23, she tried to seek support again.
Mrs. Caccaviello attended a rehabilitation program and met Aaron Short, a recovery addict with whom she formed a relationship and gave credits to give her hope.
& # 39; From that moment my life got better. & # 39;
The two returned to school to study the drug and alcohol sector, but halfway through the course, in 2015, Aaron fell back and died.
Years later in 2019, Caccaviello also lost a best friend due to an accidental overdose.
The couple returned to school to study the drug and alcohol sectors, but halfway through the course, in 2015, Aaron fell back and died
& # 39; I'm lucky because I'm still standing, & # 39; she said.
The figure of 1,612 unintended overdoses in 2017 was lower than the figure of 1,704 the year before, but the Pennington Institute expects the figure of 2017 to exceed that once the decisions in the colonial states have been completed.
For the first time, there were also more unintended deaths from overdose due to four or more drugs than with a single drug, with 445 of such deaths in the year.
Penington Institute CEO John Ryan says the data shows that Australia's overdose problem is getting worse & # 39;
The nation should use a more health-oriented approach to drug use if it wants to reduce the number of deaths, rather than focusing on crime, he believes.
Mrs. Caccaviello paid a tribute to Aaron on Sunday as she told him the four-year pain
& # 39; We are actually determined to pretend that we can manage drug use in Australia by focusing on law enforcement rather than on people, & # 39; he said.
Mrs Caccaviello emphasized the need to break down stigma surrounding addiction, because people just don't know how to get the right help.
& # 39; My friends were not just junkies, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Caccaviello paid a tribute to Aaron on Sunday when she told him the four-year pain.
& # 39; I'm so sorry that things ended up becoming yours, you've earned so much more & # 39 ;, she wrote.
& # 39; I always love you, I will never forget, until we meet again, know that you are always kept alive by the memories of your loved ones and safe in our hearts. & # 39;
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